Now in its 11th year, National Apprenticeships Week, the government initiative to highlight apprenticeships, is a prime opportunity to highlight the impact high quality tech apprenticeships have on organisations up and down the UK – no matter their size. 

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week we’ve found out how apprenticeships work for our employers, large and small.

TalkTalk are the UK's leading value for money consumer and B2B telecoms provider, with a focus on technology – falling behind the curve is not an option. Tech apprenticeships work for TalkTalk to help them plug tech skills gaps and increase productivity. 

QA has worked with TalkTalk since mid-2017, providing their high quality tech apprenticeship programmes. QA’s innovative approach to apprenticeships including blended learning and wrap around services combined with the smooth recruitment of business ready, IT savvy apprentices has meant that TalkTalk are already experiencing the tangible effects of apprenticeships that work. 

Seeing the difference in areas such as software development, network engineering and even customer service. TalkTalk have also seen productivity levels accelerate in technical support since the introduction of QA apprentices. The original ideas apprentices have brought to the table have brought a renewed energy to the team. 

Tech apprenticeships have also allowed TalkTalk to attain crucial skills to bridge their skills gaps in software development – which is paying dividends. With plans to add more tech apprentices in 2018 and beyond, TalkTalk are looking to QA again for assistance to help further bolster the tech skills within their ranks.

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The brain child of a former QA apprentice, WeGym is a start-up based in London which helps people to connect with each other to help spread the cost of staying active. Tech apprenticeships work for WeGym by helping them upscale their business and find fresh tech talent. 

WeGym are breaking the conventions that tech apprenticeships and the benefits are solely reserved for big businesses. WeGym are a rapidly expanding business with thousands of monthly users. This growth has highlighted significant tech skills gaps in their small team. 

Joshua Uwade is a true ambassador of how apprenticeships work, having started his career on a QA apprenticeship to now forming his own business. The success he knows a QA apprentice can bring made Joshua confident this was the way to grow his business. WeGym are now at the start of their apprenticeship journey and will be welcoming their first QA apprentice in 2018. 

The challenges that start-ups face are largely financial and workforce related. A tech apprentice offers a solution which is low-risk on the former and high impact on the latter. 

As with a lot of start-ups, WeGym are focused on bringing in talent who will be a good fit and be able to hit the ground running. Something they feel is only possible by working with QA to bring in the right apprentice. WeGym are excited by the flexibility and nimbleness that a digitally native apprentice brings. 

Being a successful business in its infancy means that an apprentice will grow with the organisation – learning and developing skills which match the needs of start-ups like WeGym perfectly. That’s why tech apprenticeships, for start-ups work. 

Whether National Apprenticeships Week has made you think about that defined skills gap in your organisation or if you are just curious to find out more about tech apprenticeships contact us.

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